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Not Following The New Normal

August 20, 2021

IT workers are leaving their jobs. It must be true. It’s been reported on the internet.

IT workers are refusing to work in an office. It must be true. It’s been reported on the internet.

IT workers are taking less money to focus on work/life balance. It must be true. It’s been reported on the internet.

That’s the new normal. Well, it’s part of the new normal. But, whether this is exactly the new situation or not, the world is changing. IT is changing right along with it.

Which makes my new job so much of an anomaly.

In my new job I’m not leaving, I’m joining. Despite what the internet says.

My company works exclusively in the office. Despite working the last two years remotely at my previous company. And despite what the internet says.

My new job represents a not insignificant raise from my previous position. Despite what the internet says.

And, unlike my previous position, my new job has zero after hours work. None. In my previous position I was on call. . For the first five years. And after that, I was still likely to be called into projects and maintenance at all hours.

But, the new job, I don’t even take my laptop home. There’s nothing to do. We don’t have a VPN, or if we do, I don’t have access to it.

The world has gone crazy over the past 18 months. And the craziness doesn’t show any sign of letting up. Is this a new normal? I have no idea. But, even in chaos we still have our own path to follow. Our own normal to build.

I’m glad my new normal isn’t what has been reported on the internet.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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